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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting #38

Welcome back to Filament’s Monday Morning Meeting — your weekly mix of cool ideas and interesting links. Let’s get to work!


We’re still finalizing details, but if you’d like to join us as we celebrate our third birthday, block Friday, March 29th on your calendar. More news to follow!


Want a mentor? Find someone who’s on the same path as you — but is just a few steps ahead of you.

So if you’re starting a brand new business, talk to someone who started theirs a year ago. Or if you’re about to sign your first office lease, talk to someone who just signed theirs. Or if you’re about to hire your first employee, get advice from someone with a two-person company, not 200. I think there’s a good chance the advice will be more helpful. Memories fade and myths form over time – the closer someone is to the actual events you’re asking them about, the more relevant the advice has a chance to be.

If you’re trying to name something (business, product, etc.) check out Onym: tools and resources for naming things. Beware of the rabbit hole, but there are tons of things I bet you’ve never seen, including:

Speaking of rabbit holes, this list of things to read about Artificial Intelligence helps you take a deep dive on the technology that will change everything. Overwhelmed? Here’s where I’d start: The State of AI in 2019.

Paper Mario Brothers is pretty cool.

Seth talks about the trap of early feedback:

If you’ve created something that will delight and astound 10% of the marketplace, there’s a 90% chance that the first person who encounters your work will dislike it. He might even hate it. In fact, if you do the math, you’ll see that there’s more than a 70% chance that the first THREE people will hate it. And if you give up then, you’ve just walked away from serving the people you set out to serve.

Help your team make time for their hobbies:

In one study, researchers found that “creative activity was positively associated with recovery experiences (i.e., mastery, control, and relaxation) and performance‐related outcomes (i.e., job creativity and extra‐role behaviors).” In fact, they wrote, “Creative activity while away from work may be a leisure activity that provides employees essential resources to perform at a high level.”

Something so easy, you’ll feel stupid when you see it: how to hang pictures using a fork.

The best thing you dan do for your health is sleep well.


“Imagination is when you close your eyes and think of a door.” — Dave Hickey

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." — Oscar Wilde

“If you’re not ready to find exceptional things, you won’t discover them.” — Avi Loeb